It's easy to become a Washington State resident. To become a resident of the state of Washington, simply take some action that proves you intend to live in the state on more than a temporary or transient basis.
Examples of actions you can take:
* Obtain a Washington State driver license
* Register to vote
* Buy property and/or maintain a residence
To qualify for resident tuition, state law requires that you be a state resident for 12 months. The University of Washington has a guide to help determine eligibility at http://www.washington.edu/students/reg/residency.html. More information about residency requirements that apply to students in the state of Washington is available at the Higher Education Coordinating Board's Student Residency website.
http://www.washington.edu/students/reg/ ... ional.html
Graduate & Professional Student Waiver
In July 2005, the University of Washington Regents approved an operating fee waiver, effective Autumn Quarter 2005, for nonresident graduate and professional students. This is an annual waiver of the differential between resident and nonresident tuition.
The waiver is for graduate and professional students who have lived in the state for at least one year (except students whose visa status precludes them from establishing permanent residency) and who have applied for resident status but failed to overcome the presumption they are residing in Washington primarily for educational purposes (i.e., did not work for 30 hours a week while taking over 6 credits a quarter).
When applying for the waiver, students must submit a completed Residence Questionnaire, be able to document financial independence for the current and prior calendar years, and show 12 consecutive months of legal residency in Washington state prior to the quarter of application. Students must file a residency application annually to either become reclassified as bona fide residents or to establish eligibility for this operating fee waiver.
There is no separate application to fill out for the waiver; the residency specialist will determine if students are approved/denied with the Residence Questionnaire.
To be approved for the Graduate and Professional Waiver, students must meet the following guidelines:
* Live in the state for at least 12 consecutive months as legal residents. A legal resident is an individual who has relinquished all valid legal ties (for example, driver's license, voter registration, etc.) with their former state of residence and established such ties in Washington in accordance with state and local legislation.
* Establish legal ties:
o Driver's license/state ID. If students possess current, out-of-state driver's licenses, they must obtain a Washington State Driver's License within 30 days of arrival. If they do not have a driver's license from any state, they must obtain a Washington State Identification Card.
o Vehicle registration. If students own or drive vehicles in Washington, the vehicles must be registered in Washington within 30 days of arrival.
o Voter registration. If students have current, out-of-state voter's registrations, they must be registered to vote in Washington within 30 days of arrival.
o Establish a bank account in Washington.
o Medical/automobile insurance independent of parents.
* Be financially independent for the current and prior calendar years.